Tripartite Agreement Offers a Bridge to Basic Needs for Refugees

Oct 7 , 2023

A data-sharing agreement that aims to assist refugees in easily accessing basic services such as health insurance, education, and banking was signed between officials of the National ID program, the UN Refugee Agency, and the Ethiopian Refugees & Returnees Services (RRS) last week. Yodahe Zemichael, executive director of the National ID program, Teyiba Hassen, director general of the Services, and Andrew Mbogori, UN refugee representative to Ethiopia, inked the agreement at Services headquarters. At the signing ceremony, Teybia reckoned that the agreement is a testimony towards a better protection scheme for refugees. There are over 930,000 refugees and asylum seekers residing in Ethiopia, originating from South Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea, according to a report by the UN Refugee Agency.


Premier Pushes Domestic Drug Production

A six-day domestic pharmaceutical production and innovation expo was inaugurated by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) last week. More than 110 local pharmaceutical manufacturers participated at the Millennium Hall on Airport Road. Recently appointed Minister of Health Meqdes Daba (MD), said local production of pharmaceuticals has become a cornerstone of health policy, which received approval from the Council of Ministers a month ago. However, a report from the Global Fund For Health last year r...


AFDB Lauds $8m for Solar Mini-Grid

Around half a million people foresee benefits from the pilot mini-grid built across nine sites in Amhara, Oromia, Sidama, and the Southern regional states. African Development Bank Group has approved eight million dollars in finance to support the project under the Distributed Renewable Energy & Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) program. The DREAM project, with a total budget of 20 million dollars through concessional loans, grants, and risk mitigation, will cover half of the mini-grid capital...


Parliament Approves $275m Loan for Urban Project

A  275 million dollar loan agreement was approved by Parliament last week, to support the second phase of the Urban Water Supply & Sanitation Project. Set to be implemented over the next three years, the project follows negotiations between Ethiopia and the International Development Association (IDA). The Chief Whip Tesfaye Beljige (PhD), presented details of the loan agreement to lawmakers and said that the project focuses on enhancing the supply of clean drinking water and improving sa...